One of the most beloved pastors of the Midway Church was Dr. I.S.K. Axson, the grandfather of Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Dr. Axson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on October 3, 1813. When a very young man, he served the Church as co-pastor, after which he became pastor in full charge. Here he remained for seventeen years. Later, he became pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia, where he remained for the rest of his days. To quote the historian of the Midway church, “he always brought beaten oil into the sanctuary.” Dr. Axson usually read his sermons from manuscript, but the congregation was trained to this method of delivery, and he seldom lacked for rapt and eager listeners. He died on March 31, 1891, in his seventy-ninth year, and was buried in Laurel Grove, at Savannah.